A team led by Professors Sarah Tolbert (Chemistry and Biochemistry in Physical Sciences) and Bruce Dunn (Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA Samueli) were awarded $9.75M from the Department of Energy (DOE) for a new research center: Synthetic Control Across Length-scales for Advancing Rechargeables center (SCALAR). Their center was one of only four Energy Frontier Research Centers awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy this cycle.
SCALAR will help to leverage the power of modern materials synthesis in order to create the next generation of battery materials and devices. The center’s research will improve energy storage, which can affect the capacity for renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy, and electric vehicles. Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) are designed to help accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen U.S. economic leadership and energy security.
The SCALAR EFRC is one of 22 new centers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2018, and brings together researchers from UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, the University of Southern California, Caltech, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford.
Source: UCLA-led center receives $9.75 million to improve rechargeable batteries 05 July 2018, UCLA Newsroom
DOE Awards $100 Million for Energy Frontier Research Centers 29 June 2018, Energy.gov